HC Deb 16 January 1979 vol 960 cc1479-80
10. Mr. George Rodgers

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if the level of personnel in the RAF is currently in accord with the forecast contained in the defence review.

Mr. Wellbeloved

The current strength of the RAF is about 86,000. This compares with a strength of 82,000 which was given in the 1975 statement on the Defence Estimates as the forecast manpower levels resulting from the defence review.

Mr. Rodgers

Is my hon. Friend completely satisfied that he and hon. Members are sufficiently informed about the upward variation in the level of recruitment to the RAF, which is not contained in the defence review?

Mr. Wellbeloved

We are always happy to answer any Question tabled by an hon. Member. The more information is requested the more information will be given.